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Rua Pinot Noir 2010

Rich and almost chewy with accessible cherry-berry spice and floral flavours. Long with a terrific balance between fruit sweetness and fine tannins. A third-label wine at first-label quality. Drink 2012 – 2017.

Super-sexy aroma's of dark chocolate, cherry and smoky oak open the door to deliciously balanced, deeply juicy cranberry and plum flavours and a rich satisfying length of flavour. Great wine to drink now, but I suggest buying a case and tasting a bottle every six months just to check on its progress.

For a third-tier label, the 2010 vintage of this Bannockburn red is remarkably good. Matured for 10 months in French oak casks (15% new), it is powerful and concentrated, with deliciously dense, ripe cherry/plum flavours, hints of chocolate and coffee, and gentle tannins. A great buy.

This, the junior Akarua wine, is a dark cherry-red in the glass and is brimming with dark plums, cherries and cherry cola – really ripe, with some smoky, tarry notes too. The palate’s dense and smooth – quite essence-like concentration here. Ripe tannins run deep and there’s plenty of plum and cassis flavor throughout. Drink young.

Winemaker Matt Connell calls the Rua the approachable, drink-upon -release Pinot Noir. It expresses dark cherry aromas, earth, smoke and hint of violets. The palate is smooth, supple and as mentioned approachable, but it's not light in body, it has a nice weight with juicy dark fruit, dark cocoa and some coffee flavours followed by a lengthy finish.

Quite a concentrated wine in a minor fruit bomb style with dark cherry fruit flavours. Impressively weighty wine with delicious fruit sweetness.

"I've tasted this lovely wine three times this year - and it keeps getting better. A deeply coloured Bannockburn red with densely packed cherry, plum and spice flavours, it has hints of chocolate and coffee, ripe, smooth tannins and an enticingly perfumed bouquet. A steal".

This youthful Bannockburn red is remarkably good.  Powerful and concentrated, it is deliciously dense and ‘sexy’ (according to one judge), with deep, ripe cherry/plum flavours, hints of chocolate and coffee, and gentle tannins.  A great buy at $25.

Super-sexy aromas of dark chocolate, cherry and smoky oak open the door to deliciously balanced, deeply juicy cranberry and plum flavours and a rich, satisfying length of flavor. Great wine to drink now, but I suggest buying a case and tasting a bottle every six months just to check on its progress.

Quite a concentrated wine in a minor fruit bomb style with dark cherry, plum, licorice/spice and nutty oak flavours. Smooth-textured and with a lengthy finish. Classy Pinot offering terrific value at this price.

2010 Akarua Rua Pinot Noir $25 This is an outstanding so-called ‘second tier’ pinot noir from Akarua Estate’s home vineyard in Bannockburn, Central Otago. It’s soft, lightly spicy and deliciously smooth, offering top value for money.

“A soft and savoury $25-a-bottle Bannockburn wine that was only recently released and at this price will quickly disappear”.

Akarua Rua awarded a silver at London's International Wine Challenge.

(18.0+/20) Aged 10 months in 15% new French oak barrels. Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby red in colour, this has a dense, dark, ripe raspberry fruited nose with black cherries and violets showing. On palate this is soft, richly opulent with dark jam flavours and sweet black and red berry fruits, with a supple, lush and rounded mouthfeel. This is an up-front crowd pleaser that will drink well over the next 4-5 years.

Rua 2010 was awarded a Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2011

Five Stars
For a third-tier label, this youthful Bannockburn red is remarkably good. Powerful and concentrated, it is deliciously dense and "sexy" with deep, ripe cherry/plum flavours, hints of chocolate and coffee and gentle tannins. A great buy.

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